Happy Guy Fawkes Day, Everybody!

“What’s Guy Fawkes Day?” says Spence.

“It’s today!” Admin says.

“Yeah, but what is it?”

“Good question. Something about a gunpowder plot. But the point is it’s a big party night in the UK, lots of bonfires plus Brit-style drinking.”

“Brit-style drinking can actually get pretty scary.”

“That should have been in the Declaration of Independence – When in the course of human events Brit-style drinking becomes a little too much to take – “


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78 Responses to “Happy Guy Fawkes Day, Everybody!”

  1. Melanie
    8:12 am on November 5th, 2012

    OTAS and GLAD have been celebrating with a fire since Sandy!
    YSAS is not working today. So he and his SO are going to work as volunteers to help with the aftermath.

    Zoë and I are going down the hill to see my eye doc. More tests and lights in the eyes. Since the last time she did this I had a wicked (MA saying) headache, Zoë is driving back.

    Morning to All! (Terry, I’ll have to check out Dogster when I come back and focus my eyes again).

    And Macy? I was here, too.

  2. OleyHowlers
    8:19 am on November 5th, 2012

    Guy Fawkes was a Catholic in England who had some association with the gunpowder plot to blow up the House of Lords and assasinate King James in 1605.
    Now, are we eligible to drink Brit-style?

  3. B.Stover
    8:25 am on November 5th, 2012

    Drinking Brit-style? Pondering….

    Good morning all.

  4. Rose
    8:57 am on November 5th, 2012

    Greetings All!

    Melanie good luck with the eye doctor!

    Getting ready for the Nor’Easter.

  5. BearSpiritDog
    9:04 am on November 5th, 2012

    We woke up at the normal Time which means an hour earlier.
    Siber-H: You are right. This will take until spring to sort out when it is time to leap forward again. Gah!

    Don’t know what Guy Fawkes Day is, but have a Happy One Everybody.

  6. OleyHowlers
    9:12 am on November 5th, 2012

    Our bellies are still on daylight savings time too. The rents made us starve for an extra hour last night and again this morning. 🙁

  7. Barb & Maggie
    9:19 am on November 5th, 2012

    Good morning all. Oleys, thank you for telling us who Guy Fawkes was. Did he get convicted and put to death for his attempts?

  8. B.Stover
    9:38 am on November 5th, 2012

    Barb: Guy Fawkes jumped from the scaffold where he was about to be hanged and broke his neck. Guy Fawkes day is a celebration of the failure of the Gunpowder plot. (Fawkes was part of the plot to blow up the House of Lords and to kill King James I and put a Catholic monarch on the throne.)

  9. OleyHowlers
    9:41 am on November 5th, 2012

    All very good reasons to drink Brit beer.

  10. Staff
    9:44 am on November 5th, 2012

    Macy, I am here too.

    Guy Fawkes.
    I refuse to celebrate this.
    I am opposed to gun powder, blowing up people, hanging and breaking necks.

    Not first thing in the morning anyway.

  11. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:47 am on November 5th, 2012

    Fawkes!…Spencer’s reason books take so long before they are published is way more interesting than Guy Fawkes….heh!…See facebookie thingy, which I look at by accident every now and again…grunt!

  12. B.Stover
    9:55 am on November 5th, 2012

    By the way, in those days they didn’t just hang a person. The body was mutilated (some mutilation was done before death) and cut up and various body parts were displayed all over the country to deter future plots.

  13. Masquers
    10:01 am on November 5th, 2012

    B: Please. Not before breakfast!

  14. Masquers
    10:03 am on November 5th, 2012

    Yuk. Think I just coughed up a furball.

  15. Barb & Maggie
    10:03 am on November 5th, 2012

    We agree Bee. The punishment was very brutal and crowds always seemed to form to watch the show. Drawn and quartered, heads on posts on London Bridge and more. Yikes!

  16. B.Stover
    11:21 am on November 5th, 2012

    Sorry Masquers.

  17. Mollypop's Mom
    11:22 am on November 5th, 2012

    I live to fight another day.

    By now I know all the obvious sources of gluten, but these foods where it hides are tricky. Basically, I avoid packaged food anyway. In this case, at least I think this was the food, it was Boursin Light Cheese spread. The ingredients on the package show it should be fine, but there was no ‘gluten free’ on it so that’s where I have to be more careful.

  18. Mollypop's Mom
    11:27 am on November 5th, 2012

    Here’s where I should know better about eating real food – à la Will Clower and Michael Pollan. The regular Boursin cheese is real food and the Boursin Light is a ‘manufactured food-like substance.’

  19. Macy the Min-Pin
    11:35 am on November 5th, 2012

    One town in England burned Lance Armstrong in effigy for their Guy Fawkes celebration. It reminded us of poor old Big Tex.

  20. Siber-H
    11:50 am on November 5th, 2012

    I know about Guy Fawks but I didn’t know the rest of the history which Stover told us…very interesting.

    Fellow Sibers, My mom doesn’t believe in slowly adjusting my meals for the time changes, so I starve for an hour just like you guys. Mom says she doesn’t want to deal with the math involved in making a slow change. Knowing mom like I do, I am sure this is an honest excuse.

  21. Siber-H
    11:52 am on November 5th, 2012

    Macy, Are they going to rebuild Big Tex? I wish they would.

  22. Melanie
    12:12 pm on November 5th, 2012

    Poor Masquers . .

    Good news: IF I have glaucoma, is very slight. I will have to have tests once a year.
    I got to see pictures of the inside of my eyeballs.

    Bad news: I now have a tension headache and an eyeball ache.

    I’m very glad Zoe drove back

  23. OleyHowlers
    12:19 pm on November 5th, 2012

    Siber, our mom obsesses over what time those horses get fed. Us? Not so much. We think it’s because she figures we can kill our own food.

    Aunt MollysMom, Will Clower taught us not to eat any of those “light” or low-fat foods.

    There are already reports of voting issues in Florida. What is with Florida? They are always at the center of the election problems.

  24. Barb & Maggie
    12:41 pm on November 5th, 2012

    Barb is laughing at herself. She saw a darling hand painted toy box-bench at her favorite resale shop. It was $12, what a bargin, right? After she paid for it and was loading it in the back of her car, she noticed that it said “Drew and Nina” on the back. That had been hidden by dolls sitting on it when it was in the window of the shop. Oh well, any ideas? Decals or painting over? At least Jack and Lyla have the same amount of letters. No wonder it was only $12.00.

  25. Melanie
    12:54 pm on November 5th, 2012

    Terry, I enjoyed Yugi’s post. He is very opinionated. As he should be . . .

    That Royal blood, don’t ya know.

  26. Terry Ballard
    12:57 pm on November 5th, 2012


    We are even more extreme than gluten free – we have been on modified paleo for the past two and a half years. Our motto is “Avoid the middle aisles.” Paleos eat all manner of meat fish, vegtables fruits nuts and berries but stay away from grains. Okay, we have sushi now and then and eat some of the fries with our burger, but we don’t keep rice or potato in the house. Never felt better. The main rule of thumb is that if the list of ingredients looks like a chemistry lesson, stay away.

  27. dawson
    1:23 pm on November 5th, 2012

    Terry: So…no Brit beer for you

  28. Masquers
    1:32 pm on November 5th, 2012

    Rose: Saw your early morning post & the Howlers facebookie post of yesterday talking about worries regarding the predicted nor’easter. More misery for youse East Coasters who have had more than your fair share. Paws crossed that newly restored power stays on for everyone.
    Melanie: How about OTAS&GLAD? Are they still keeping warm by the fireside? Gas for the generator always a problem in these situations.
    Sigh. Looking like a long winter.
    Dawson: Speaking of Brit beer…we could use some cheer right about now…do you think it’s too early?

  29. Mollypop's Mom
    1:36 pm on November 5th, 2012

    Terry – I just went Paleo a couple of weeks ago and I got two beautiful Paleo cookbooks, one for the slow cooker. Wow, I have been feeling really good. I guess I can’t stand success.

    I had the light cheese, still unopened, and also a gluten-free English muffin. They were calling me. I should not have answered.

  30. Terry Ballard
    1:49 pm on November 5th, 2012

    Dawson – Paleo doesn’t actually prohibit alcohol. As far as we can tell, alcohol was invented two weeks after mankind learned to manage fire.

    Mollypop – get used to feeling good. We don’t even look at gluten free because I suspect the the list of ingredients fails the chemistry test. We come from Arizona, where Mexican food is a necessity of life, so we still cheat a bit on the cheese. Also, I usually don’t try the muffin substitutes, but Donna found one the other day in “Everyday Paleo” for muffins made with banana, apples and almond flour that totally rocked. Our contribution to Paleo is a Google Custom search engine that searches about 20 approved sites and filters out everything else – http://www.terryballard.org/Paleo.html

    Melanie – thanks! It’s fun seeing things through Yuji’s eyes (and I swear I was doing this years before I ever heard of Chet).

  31. Mollypop's Mom
    2:01 pm on November 5th, 2012

    Terry – Thanks!!!!

  32. Melanie
    2:23 pm on November 5th, 2012

    MollyPop’s Mom, you have to be careful when packages say “Gluten Free”. Some companies are taking advantage of being able to say they are gluten free even it there is 20 parts per million in them. Soooo, if you are highly intolerant (and it sounds as if you are) those foods can cause the reaction. Or if they are made in a facility that makes wheat products.

    YSAS is not as intolerant as I am. Sigh.

  33. Melanie
    2:24 pm on November 5th, 2012

    Going to watch something . . reading is too hard on the eyes today.

  34. dawson
    2:37 pm on November 5th, 2012

    Masquers: I’m usually a tee-totaller but back in the day it was never too early.

  35. Staff
    2:58 pm on November 5th, 2012

    Barb, Paint over ‘and Nina’ Leave the Drew. Give it to us. ;-D

  36. Mollypop's Mom
    3:39 pm on November 5th, 2012

    I was rummaging in a closet looking for a pair of shoos and I found a bottle of Cahors! Just in time for dinner, which will be a Paleo beef stew that I made last week. The stew had red wine and was thickened with almond flour mixed in with garlic, tomato paste and anchovies. Yummers.

  37. dawson
    4:33 pm on November 5th, 2012

    Mollypop’s Mom: That sounds absolutely delish! The little bit I read about Paleo diets before I took my nap said something about avoiding fermented food (presumably wine). I like fermented food.

    Oh yeah, I forgot!
    Melanie: If you watch that Fish Out of Water episode, you might want to stop 1/2 way through or right before he checks his trapline…unless you want to know how to skin a rabbit! Ugh!

  38. Tupper and Gilly
    4:40 pm on November 5th, 2012

    Greetings all – been a very busy day here so far, with the last errand being taking Callie to have her surgery staples out. The surgeon was astonished at how well she healed up. Did we mention that Gramp was just a tad obsessive in his care of his puppy for the last two weeks? Anyway, she is pronounced cured of cancer and “fit as a fiddle”. And she got to go out in the back yard by herself, no leash, and bark at the neighborhood to say she was home.

  39. Barb & Maggie
    4:53 pm on November 5th, 2012

    Just turned on the Ellen Show for a few minutes and this little bitty 6 year boy from Japan was playing the piano like an adult concert pianist. Awesome!

  40. Barb & Maggie
    5:07 pm on November 5th, 2012

    Wonderful news, Callie. Hoooray!! Bet Gramps is feeling tip top!

  41. Melanie
    5:18 pm on November 5th, 2012

    Hurrah for Callie!!!

    Dawson, I have yet to figure out how to get the “full episode” of anything on that site. Sigh.

    YSAS and SO tried to help out at animal shelters, but no one wanted them. They bought a whole bunch of dog food and donated it.

    I told them I knew of one, but it was on Long Island. They say it’s still a tad difficult to get out there.

  42. BearSpiritDog
    5:36 pm on November 5th, 2012

    Royals: Callie feeling tip top is the Very Best News we have had all day. Hurray for Callie and Gramp!!!

  43. dawson
    5:43 pm on November 5th, 2012

    Melanie: Could be a border issue because I can’t see any episodes of US shows on my computer but I scrolled down your link to the Fish Out of Water icon, clicked it and the show started.

    T&G: That is great news about Callie.

    G&BB: Praying for the same cure and “fit as a fiddle” pronouncement for your Dad once his treatments are concluded.

  44. SnowBella
    5:53 pm on November 5th, 2012

    Fit as a fiddle? I didn’t know she played. Congrats to Callie and head bumps to Gramps for exceptional dog care!

  45. Wose
    5:56 pm on November 5th, 2012

    T&G: Yipeee! I can’t tell you how happy I am to hear Callie’s good news. I’m sure Gramp must be very happy and relieved!

  46. Melanie
    6:25 pm on November 5th, 2012

    I forgot to tell you guys that today was the first day of this season that we had snow!

    Of course, it was snizzle. A drizzle that is snow. Pretty though.

  47. Melanie
    6:39 pm on November 5th, 2012

    OTAS and GLAD have POWER!

  48. Staff
    6:43 pm on November 5th, 2012

    T&G, Wonderful news about Callie. Plunder Prayers have great Powers.

    Melanie I couldn’t get the show to download either. I am not sure I want to learn how to skin a rabbit. No, I am sure I don’t want to learn. Or watch someone else learn.

    We are having Maggie’s Fancy meatloaf and acorn squash for supper. If it ever gets done.

    I am also just about finished baking 2 loaves of pumpkin ginger walnut spice loaf. YUM. that is why the meatloaf is late.

  49. Staff
    6:51 pm on November 5th, 2012

    I had to run and get the loaves out of the oven so I didn’t get to post that A Catty Librarian put up a picture of my niece’s new puppy on our blog. His name is Scout. He is a Lab mix. It is the last picture. Elliot, her kat, is mentioned in the posting also. Youse guys remember Elliot, the massage kat? Right?

  50. Melanie
    7:05 pm on November 5th, 2012

    Ha! Staff, I thought you were making a joke about the new puppy being a Kat!

  51. Wose
    7:06 pm on November 5th, 2012

    Staff: Elliot is a most handsome Kat. Does he blur? The Prof could use a good back massage.

  52. Princess Sam
    7:09 pm on November 5th, 2012

    Gramp’s care of Callie did the trick!

  53. Barb & Maggie
    7:29 pm on November 5th, 2012

    Staff, We do a little mini-meat loaf that is put inside the half acorm squash and baked. It is very good. Is that what you are doing?

  54. Staff
    7:36 pm on November 5th, 2012

    Wose, I don’t think Elliot blurs. He hasn’t had any lessons anyway.

    Barb that sounds really good, but we are doing them separately.
    Will have to try it your way next time.

  55. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:49 pm on November 5th, 2012

    Home!…My friend got home and immediately took us for our walk…sneeze!…She said it would be dark soon so our walks are going to be cut in half….yippee!snort!…I think she had a tough day today, she looks pretty beat-up…grunt!…I hate that busy-damned-place she has to go to…grump!

  56. SnowBella
    8:19 pm on November 5th, 2012

    Tenzing had a rough night last night. AJ has an equally rough night. Me? I slept through most of it thanks to the pills I took for my back. Tenzing got sick in the middle of the night. It was second only to his splort of all splorts from a couple of weeks ago. I woke to see AJ with carpet cleaner in one paw and a roll of paper towels in the other scrubbing and cursing in the middle of the night. Tenzing and I did the sensible thing and went back to sleep.

  57. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:25 pm on November 5th, 2012

    Gah!…Splorting in the middle of the night, not something we do here on a regular basis…sniff!…Beau was sick that one night because of getting into her mothers pesticide or something…wheeze!…Boy, what a blow-out battle weekend that was between those two. But since then everyone has been splort-free, at least up until now…heh!…Good move on your part Rebecca so as not to have to clean up anything…snort!

  58. Wose
    8:26 pm on November 5th, 2012

    Rebecca: Nothing like waking up from a warm bed in the middle of the night to clean up splort! I remember it well. 🙂

  59. Melanie
    8:34 pm on November 5th, 2012

    Snicker. So that was the post was about on the Giant’s FB.

    I’m headed to bed. Feeling much better about being in a warm place now that OTAS and GLAD have their heat blasting.


  60. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:41 pm on November 5th, 2012

    Relieved!…For oldest son and daughter…sniff!…But wot about Clarkson, does he have power?…wheeze!

  61. Barb & Maggie
    8:55 pm on November 5th, 2012

    Glad their power is back on.

    Staff, when we do the meatloaf it is mounded up like an ice cream cone. Put it in the hollowed out squash raw, and then bake. It is delish.

    Night all.

  62. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:00 pm on November 5th, 2012

    Meatloaf!….There is meatloaf and then there is meat-mash, which is what her mother makes when she attempts to make meatloaf…grunt!…Even Me and Beau stay away from that stuff…gah!

  63. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    9:02 pm on November 5th, 2012

    Hey everyone. We need to make some room under the quilt tonight for grandpa. He fell earlier today and broke his hip in two places. He is at the hospital now and will have surgery tomorrow. For 93 and a half, he is in fairly good shape — he usually walks about 2 miles a day, although aided by a rollator. I was actually very good; I didn’t bark or anything when the ambulance that mom called to pick him up arrived, and I waited very patiently for dad to come back from the hospital to let me out to you know what.

  64. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:05 pm on November 5th, 2012

    Phone!…sniff!…Now her mother thinks the phone upstairs doesn’t work well if the phone downstairs is plugged in…grunt!…What the hell? Has anyone ever had this problem before? So now my friend has to unplug her phone down here so her mother can answer all the crap solicitors calls by herself…heh!…If anyone wants to call can chat please plan ahead so we can plug this phone in again…wheeze!…Is it just me or is everyone Krazy?

  65. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:08 pm on November 5th, 2012

    Wookie!…Oh no. What a thing. What a thing to happen to your grandpaw…wuffle!…I will be sending up powerful pug prayers tonight and tomorrow for your gramps…sigh!

  66. SnowBella
    9:16 pm on November 5th, 2012

    Wookie: Your talents know no bounds. I hope your grandpa likes slim Jim’s. Tenzing reports a case if said Jim’s were delivered last week to the quilt.

  67. dawson
    9:34 pm on November 5th, 2012

    Wookie: Prayers being sent for successful surgery for your Grandpa tomorrow. Good job being so well behaved during the crisis. You are one cool dude.

  68. Annabelle
    9:50 pm on November 5th, 2012

    Wookie’s Grandpa: I broke my hip in two places several years ago, but that is a story for another time. It isn’t all bad, trust me. First, you get your choice of dog pillow. I chose the best one in the house. I’m sure Wookie will give his dog pillow up for your healing just like Tenzing did for me. Also, don’t let them skimp on the tummies. There will be concern that it will jostle you too much, but tummies have healing power. And, don’t forget now is the time to get extra treats. Usually, if they skim on tummies, they go heavy on the treats. It is a delicate balance. Best of luck in your healing. You’ll be back to walking two miles a day in no time—who knows, you may just go to Nome like I did.

  69. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:13 pm on November 5th, 2012

    Annebell!…Who knew you had broke your hip in two, count ’em, two places?…snort!…And you practically lead the team to Nome…wow!sneeze!…You are one impressive retired sled-girl-dog-racer thats for sure…wheeze!

  70. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:59 pm on November 5th, 2012

    Grandpaw!…Agent Wookie, please watch over your special old guy tonight. I know you can sneak into the hospital without anyone seeing you…sniff!…Get up on his bed with him if you have to, but be close to your gramps tonight….wuffle!…He needs you. I have to go up to my bed now, but I will be thinking of all youse guys tonight….sneeze!

  71. Staff
    11:13 pm on November 5th, 2012

    Wookie and parents. We here are sending up more Plunder prayers for Grandpa. Goodness what a scary time. We wish him and you the best. It is good to know that he has been walking well before. I am sure that means he will be strong for the surgery and rehab.

  72. Staff
    11:17 pm on November 5th, 2012

    Wookies news made me forget what I was going to post. I was cooking and cooking the meat loaf and it wouldn’t get warmer than 94 degrees on the thermometer. Finally I cut off some pieces and put it in the microwave to finish it off and fed Mom and Dad.

    Then I turned up the heat and left it for another 1/2 hour. When I went to look there were black crusty parts and it was pretty hard. I finally realized the thermometer had somehow started reading in Centigrade. Jeez. The meatloaf was 207 degrees.

    Well, as I told Dad. I guess I learned that lesson.

    Macy. See you tomorrow!
    Goodnight everyone.

  73. Macy the Min-Pin
    11:51 pm on November 5th, 2012

    Thanks Staff. We here like the crusty parts of the meatloaf.

    Dainty licks to Wookies Grandpa. And some for Sheik, too.

    Siber H, yes Big Tex will be back in his place of honor next fall.

    Stay safe, you noreasterners.

  74. Wose
    5:22 am on November 6th, 2012

    Wookie: Sending healing prayers to your grandpa for a quick recovery, and loving hugs to your mom and dad. You are one cool dog under pressure! Tummies to you!

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